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Ellen's "Better Than Your High School Cafeteria" Pizza Burgers

Posted on 2007.10.23 at 12:15
I made these for Jim and I last night because I had a craving for some little kid food. My sister and I both went to a Catholic grade school and I used to go crazy for the pizza burgs that they served in the cafeteria. In retrospect, who knows what kind of mystery food was used in their pizza burgers. My pizza burgers, on the other hand, are just fucking SCRUMPTIOUS and cheesy as all hell. To make these monster-sized pizza burgs, you will need:

2 large kaiser rolls, preferably from a bakery or just bought from the bakery at your local grocery store
Two and a half big handfuls of EXTRA LEAN ground beef
Three pieces of white American cheese
About half of a jar of your favorite marinara sauce
Some shredded cheddar cheese
Some shredded mozzerella cheese

First, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
In a large skillet that's been heated over medium heat (don't use any oil. The meat is greasy enough), crumble your ground beef and allow it to brown, crumbling it with your spatula as it cooks. Once it is browned, drain the grease. Since you are using extra lean ground beef, you will only have a very little bit of grease. Add your marinara sauce to the meat. You do not want your meat sitting in a pool of sauce. You want it to be a nice equal consistency of meat and sauce so that the mixture is allowed to thicken. Simmer the meat and sauce over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Keep stirring. Tear apart your pieces of American cheese and stir the pieces into the meat sauce mixture. Turn the heat down to low and keep stirring until all of the cheese is melted. Remove the mixture from the heat. This will allow the sauce to thicken. Let sit for about five minutes. 

Split your kaiser rolls apart with a knife and lay them cut-side up on a baking sheet. Stir your thickened cheese and meat sauce mixture and scoop into heaping helpings on the rolls. Finish them off by sprinkling them with a bit of cheddar and mozzerella cheese on top. Put in your 375 degree oven and allow them to cook for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and chow down on your pizza burgs!

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